Unmasked: celebrating Nursing and Midwifery, Victoria and beyond

Unmasked pays tribute to the nurses and midwives of Australia with a particular focus on Victoria, acknowledging the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife in 2020. Drawing on 230 years of history, and set against a backdrop of social and political change, the exhibition highlights the multiple and diverse roles of nurses and midwives: in civilian and military life, in peacekeeping spheres, practice, politics, business, activism and advocacy.

Twelve practitioners feature as past and present exemplars of their profession. Through these individuals’ demonstration of tenacity and ingenuity, Unmasked celebrates the immeasurable and collective contribution of nurses and midwives to Australian health care.

Unmasked is presented by Her Place Women’s Museum Australia in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services and Safer Care Victoria and supported by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation.

This exhibition is made possible with funding from the Victorian Government.

Sister Sarah Waters 1915, during a meningitis epidemic, Alfred Hospital Nurses League collection, reproduced with permission